Lead Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Microbiology, Full Time, Day Shift

Job Number: 10108
Department: Clinical Laboratory
Shift: Day Shift

Adventist Health White Memorial
Los Angeles, CA

Job Description

Adventist Health is more than an award-winning health system. We provide whole-person care to our communities and champion the greater good – from the operating room to the boardroom, we are driven by our unique passion to live God’s love through health, wholeness and hope. From Oregon to Oahu, we have a calling to always do more. Now is your chance to apply your passion to our mission.

We’re looking for someone to join our team as a Lead Clinical Laboratory Scientist who:

Serves as technical consultant and direct supervisor of laboratory personnel and manages the performance of all laboratory testing. Develops and maintains policies, standards and quality control practices and oversees lab safety and maintenance. Serves as a resource medical technologist in assigned section and has the responsibility/authority to assure that the laboratory meets all accreditation requirements and applicable OSHA standards.

Essential Functions:

  • Oversees all laboratory testing and coordinates all point of care testing (POCT). Reviews and evaluates the validity and accuracy of test results. Functions as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist when needed. Identifies education and competency needs and conducts laboratory personnel training programs on instrumentation, technology and procedure as needed. Conducts training programs on instrumentation, technology and procedure as needed.
  • Establishes the laboratory’s test performance characteristics, including precision, accuracy, reference ranges and reportable ranges. Evaluates new and evolving developments in laboratory instrumentation, procedures, reagents and automation for possible implementation. Acts as a liaison to other departments of the medical center for the appropriate laboratory specialty. Is responsible for the department meeting all regulatory requirements.
  • Coordinates equipment and instrumentation maintenance, troubleshooting and calibration program to ensure proper working order. Oversees quality control and ensures compliance with rules, regulations and accreditation requirements of regulatory agencies, including Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), College of American Pathologists (CAP), Joint Commission (JC), AABB, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
  • Manages staffing to ensure coverage. Recommends promotions, reassignment, recognition of outstanding performance, and personnel needs. Resolve simple, informal complaints of employee and referring other to supervisor. Recommend to supervisor promotions, reassignment, recognition of outstanding performance, and personnel needs of team members. Plans and conducts training programs for medical technicians and medical technologist students and new employees.
  • Oversees quality control, quality assurance and preventive maintenance activities for the assigned section. Manages and maintains all sectional quality control records. Previews and ensures technological and scientific accuracy of QA tests and procedures. Recognizes and addresses Quality Assurance (QA) concerns by initiating QA reports and conferring with Medical Staff on Laboratory findings, value of certain clinical tests, test availability and turnaround.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Job Qualification

You’ll be successful with the following qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent (some certifications will require Bachelor’s): Preferred
  • Master’s Degree: Preferred

Work Experience:

  • Five years technical experience: Preferred
  • Two years leadership experience: Preferred
  • Three years experience in a clinical laboratory: Preferred

Required Licenses/Certifications:

  • American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certification: Preferred
  • Valid Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) license in state of employment: Required
  • National Credentialing Agency (NCA) for Laboratory Personnel certification: Preferred
  • Point of Care Testing (POCT) Specialist certification: Preferred